Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

West Bolsters Yugoslav Embargo Via Naval Blockade

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

West Bolsters Yugoslav Embargo Via Naval Blockade

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HEAVY fighting was reported across Bosnia-Herzegovina as the West launched a full-scale naval enforcement of an embargo against Yugoslavia.

United Nations officials hope their relief convoys can be expanded in Bosnia-Herzegovina despite a heavy bombardment of Sarajevo and other violations of a Nov. 12 truce.

The besieged capital was quiet yesterday after being rocked all day Sunday by a barrage of artillery, mortar, and tank fire. The UN peacekeeping force recorded 192 rounds of fire coming into Sarajevo and counted 10 rounds fired in return toward Serb positions. Bosnian authorities on Sunday also accused Serb forces of deploying Scud missiles in positions that threaten two northern towns. A Serb military spokesman denied the allegation.

Cmdr. Barry Frewer, a Canadian naval officer and spokesman for the UN force, said the peacekeepers' commander had met with Bosnian and Serb leaders to discuss ways to sustain relief convoys to areas in need of food, fuel, and clothing. New agreements could be announced as early as today, he said.

The UN has been trying to extend the regular lifeline it provides Sarajevo to other war-battered towns in Bosnia-Herzegovina as winter's cold and snow approach. But some convoys have been fired upon or blocked by fighting.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization reported cases of typhoid in the western Bosnian town of Travnik where thousands of refugees are threatened by a Serb offensive, UN sources said Sunday.

The extent of the outbreak was not known but it was bound to concern aid workers trying to deal with a tide of displaced people driven from their homes in Bosnia-Herzegovina by the war, many of them now living in makeshift conditions. Oil slips through embargo

Greek fuel has been slipping through the international embargo against Serbia and Montenegro after being sold to traders in third countries, oil industry sources say. …

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